Who is Emma?
Our story begins with Emma.
Emma is the girl who inspired Emma's Hope, Inc. When she was three months old, Emma was diagnosed with a pediatric optic pathway hypothalamic glioma astrocytoma - a rare, pediatric low-grade brain tumor. Sweet girl was given a year to live. Although she declined physically, her spirit was full of joy, laughter, and love. Despite the doctor's expectations, Emma continued to fight life-altering cancer and won the victory; for, today she is seventeen years old and thriving!
Although the tumor still resides in her hypothalamus and optic nerve - causing blindness, low muscle tone, hormone imbalances, a speech impediment, and difficulties with mobility skills -, she is a living miracle!
The seed of vision
One thought became the seed of vision.
Years ago, amid the chaos of intense therapy sessions and endless doctor appointments, God began to plant a thought and spark a stirring inside of Emma's mom - Michele. She began to wonder, "What if I could impact - not only Emma's life - but also the lives of other special needs children who desperately need the therapy attention?" One thought grew into more thoughts. "What if I could support children with disabilities and their families financially through events like our tournaments that support Emma? What if my testimony as a parent of a special child could resonate and spark emotional and spiritual support for another parent of a special needs child?"
The unknowns and uncertainties of the"what if's" somehow - with the intervention of God's hand - turned in to a vision. From this vision, we launched the non-profit Emma's Hope, Inc.